Friday 21st February, 2020

Nothing much to report today, really. Do of a few bug fixes and a couple of CSS tweaks, and then this afternoon I closed my dev tools and played some Fallout 4. Okay, a lot of Fallout 4.

I really love the first three games, but I’ve never played New Vegas, and the last time I tried FO4 I bounced off it pretty quickly. But I got interested in it again after watching that speedrun video the other day, so I thought I’d give it another try — and this time it’s clicked. I’m really enjoying wandering the Commonwealth, collecting junk and shooting raiders in VATS.

Is Fallout 76 still terrible? I played it a little at launch on the PS4, and to be honest, it was fine. I didn’t encounter any weird bugs (nothing more than the usual physics jiggles and slightly chunky animation that accompanies all Bethesda’s Creation Engine games, anyway), but I didn’t get too far into it, and of course it was the Internet’s favourite punching bag for a long time.

I have a pretty generous tolerance for bad games. I loved No Man’s Sky even at launch. I pre-ordered it, bought a PS4 for it, and I wasn’t even disappointed. It’s a much, much better game now, and I still play it periodically, but I thought it was pretty amazing even on day one. Maybe it’s not so much that I’m able to enjoy a bad game, but that I’m not particularly swayed by the Internet Zeitgeist telling me what I’m enjoying is wrong…

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